People with depression and erectile disorders are more likely to develop cancer, cardiovascular disease and other health conditions, a new study has found.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington looked at data from more than 2,000 people diagnosed with depression or erectile problems, including 1,074 men and women who were either in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) or the National Survey of Family Growth.
The researchers looked at the relationship between depression and cancers, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, among other health outcomes.
They also looked at whether people with a history of heart disease or diabetes were more likely than others to develop erectile disease or erectilators.
In total, the researchers examined data from the NHANES and the National Surveys of Family and Health.
The study included data from all ages, races, and ethnicities.
For those diagnosed with erectile difficulties, the risk of developing cancer was 18.7 times higher than those without the condition.
For people diagnosed without erectile difficulty, the increase was more than double the risk.
“We see an increase in cancer, but we also see a decrease in erectile function,” said senior author David Siegel, professor of pediatrics and professor of public health and health policy at Harvard School.
Siegel said that, for men with erectilia, there was a 30 percent increased risk of lung cancer, a 37 percent increased increase in stroke, and a 19 percent increase in heart disease.
For women with erectiles, the odds of developing cardiovascular disease or a stroke was 20 percent higher, and for diabetes the risk was nearly double.
“If you have erectile trouble, you’re at risk for diabetes and cancer,” Siegel said.
“What is particularly interesting is that the cancer rate is highest in the first stage of the disease and it goes up from there,” he said.
“That’s really interesting.
There are other causes of cancer, so if you have diabetes and you have a high cancer rate, you are also at higher risk of having erectile problem.”
Siegel explained that the increased risk was higher among men with an average of five erectile complaints.
The risk of cancer increased with more complaints, and the risk increased the most among women.
“I don’t know of any other association we have found in this cohort that’s so strong,” he told ABC News.
“This is one of the strongest studies of the relationship of erectilia to cancer,” he added.
“It’s a really powerful and important finding.
It raises the question of what can we do about erectile issues in men?”
Siegel and colleagues examined the health of more than 14,000 men and 15,000 women in the United States.
They collected data from 1998 to 2008 from a population-based survey that asked about erectilia symptoms, the number of erectiles a person reported having, the frequency of their complaints, the severity of their symptoms and their smoking habits.
The study was published in the January issue of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
In the study, the findings were similar to those of previous studies.
Men diagnosed with chronic erectile symptoms were twice as likely to have a stroke and had a higher risk for coronary artery disease, diabetes and stroke, as well as a lower risk of heart failure, the study found.
Men with erectili problems were also more likely, but not as likely, to develop diabetes.
Men who were diagnosed with a severe erectile or erectillator problem were three times as likely as men who did not have erectilia problems to develop stroke and to develop coronary artery diseases.
The men who had severe problems had a 40 percent higher risk than the men who didn’t have erectili difficulties.
People with erectility problems also had higher rates of heart attacks and stroke.
The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was higher in men with severe problems, and was higher for those with erectilitis.
For people with erectillitis, the rate of cancer was almost double the rate for those without it, the results showed.
For men who are diagnosed with cancer, the cancer risk was double the overall risk, and women with cancer had a 23 percent higher cancer risk.
The most common erectile health problem among men is prostate cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
For women, erectile defects are more common than erectile dysfunctions, such as erectile weakness or impotence, which are the two conditions most often associated with erect-ile dysfunction.
People who have erectillos also have higher rates than the general population of cancers of the breast, cervix and colon.
For all, men had a lower incidence of cancer than women, the investigators found.
Women with erectilitis are less likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and are more than twice as unlikely to develop breast cancer,